To celebrate World Music Therapy Day, we thought we would ask our very own Music Therapist, Heidi a few questions about music therapy.
What do you enjoy/like about being a music therapist?
Many things! I think music therapy is a wonderful profession, but I especially enjoy using music in my work every day to form connections. Music has the ability to build connections between people who might otherwise have little in common, and to strengthen existing relationships through shared experiences. It helps us connect to our feelings and emotions in a deeper way, as well as to the rhythms and physiological processes of our bodies. Music can even help us connect with our past, by evoking memories, and can be used as a grounding tool to draw us more fully into the present. I think music is such a special thing, and I feel privileged that singing and making music with others is an integral part of my job!
What is or has been a highlight of being a music therapist?
For me, a highlight of being a music therapist is seeing someone’s face light up when they accomplish a task within a session or when they are listening to or singing their favourite song. It is such a simple thing, yet it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
What do you look forward to doing in the future as a music therapist?
Having been born and bred in a small town, and being a country gal at heart, I would love to someday take music therapy to some of Queensland’s more regional and rural areas. Living in the city, we have so much available to us that many fellow Australians don’t, simply because of where they live. It is my dream to one day help change that, if only in a small way.